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Off The Hook

Emmanuel Goldstein and 2600 Magazine

Off the Hook is a hacker-oriented weekly talk radio program, hosted by Emmanuel Goldstein, which focuses on the societal ramifications of information technology and the laws that regulate how people use them. It airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time in New York City on the community radio station WBAI 99.5 FM. It is also simulcast online via streaming MP3, rebroadcast on various other radio stations, and has been made available as a podcast (since long before that term was coined).

After a quick presentation of the panelist(s) or on-air guest(s), the radio show normally starts with a report and discussion of the previous week's most interesting hacker, technology, and activist related news. Sometimes, it also features an interview with external guests.

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AOL announces a takeover of Netscape, Rop and Izaac offer analysis, Barry from Holland asks for help from the listeners in identifying a strange radio signal, the difference in scanner laws between the United States and Europe, Emmanuel identifies the mysterious theme for last week's Y2K feature, what the "Free Kevin" movement really stands for, Alexis Rosen from Panix describes their debut of DSL service in the New York area, Emmanuel tries to come up with a better way of saying WWW,...
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Hacked.net shuts down, an Israeli hacker takes credit for February's Pentagon intrusions, comparing alternative local phone companies, the whitehose.com and whitehouse.com websites, concern over video camera surveillance, Emmanuel tries to get a secret phone number out of Omnipoint and has a conversation with himself, an Elvis phone company recording, revelation of a scam involving fraudulent Omnipoint accounts and the dangers of giving out Social Security Numbers to phone companies.,...
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The first show from the new Wall Street studios, a brand new telephone number, a new local phone company (TCG instead of Bell Atlantic), an explanation of some of the new charges that are appearing on all phone bills, Bell Atlantic offers to "protect" customer privacy, Izaac relates his PCS nightmare in Atlanta and Emmanuel smashes his phone, a new offer from Sprint PCS, Emmanuel demonstrates how it's possible to appear to spoof Caller ID on Omnipoint phones, Sprint unveils a $2...
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The last show until November, the tenth anniversary of "Off The Hook," Emmanuel is frustrated by the many new charges on phone bills, AT&T deceives consumers with its One Rate Plus program, the attempt to remove long distance charges from a line with no long distance, Bell Atlantic introduces Private Reach Service which enables unlisted numbers to be called, broad new surveillance legislation is passed behind closed doors, another setback for Kevin Mitnick, hackers get blamed for...
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Emmanuel and friends cause commotion at the debut of unlimited use Metrocards by giving away subway rides, the campaign against "Takedown" intensifies, reader mail, Emmanuel has trouble finding a copy of "The Fugitive Game" to give to Skeet Ulrich who appears to have moved away, a meeting is announced to plan a demonstration against Miramax, a full list of contact numbers and addresses, a new action alert is released, Netweasel debates a caller on hacker ethics, more plans...
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Emmanuel returns and tells how the filming turned out, the race to meet Hurricane Bonnie in Wilmington, how Waffle House rescued the crew from the hurricane, how the "Takedown" crew was tracked down, what happened when Emmanuel and crew tried to interview the "Takedown" people, life under a curfew in Wilmington, Bryan and Exceed describe the life-risking adventure on the Hollywood hills, Porkchop and Fill add perspective to the entire trip, a letter from Julia Menapace tells...
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The MTV web page is NOT hacked, an Internet child pornography ring is shut down, Emmanuel calls a long distance verification number for LCI that produces a recording of the customer agreeing to sign up, Freddy the Phone Fraud Fox makes local appearances, a new type of phone fraud called cramming is introduced, Bell Atlantic three-way calling scam., The MTV web page is NOT hacked, an Internet child pornography ring is shut down, Emmanuel calls a long distance verification number for LCI that...
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More trouble with the theme, a pirate radio station in Los Angeles is shut down by the FCC, the corruption of radio, listener feedback, a communique from Agent Steal that defends his actions against Kevin Mitnick and others, focus on the Y2K problem, readings from various websites, some funny products for sale, Izaac and Ray offer expertise on how Y2K may affect anything from nuclear weapons to Social Security, why burying your money won't help, Emmanuel encourages listeners to watch for...
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Everything in the studio is broken, Emmanuel describes a war that has been raging in the 2600 channel of Internet Relay Chat, the Pentagon hackers are allegedly found and questions are raised as to Janet Reno's true motives, Bernie S. describes how new laws will make it possible to charge even more people with crimes similar to his, an update from Steal This Radio and Radio Mutiny, a Bell Atlantic telephone play on the new 646 area code.
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The White House website is NOT hacked, comparisons of sentences for serious crimes with the time Kevin Mitnick has already served, EC cards are cracked, a demonstration of Sprint PCS numeric paging, a demonstration of microbroadcasters is planned, Chancellor Media on the verge of owning 500 radio stations, news departments at radio stations are disappearing and being replaced by outside monopolies, Emmanuel gets spam from anti-spammers, a look at the legalities of spam, the threat of the CDA...
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Emmanuel calls in from Los Angeles. Fill reports on the short-lived Bell Atlantic strike, the unveiling of Back Orifice by the Cult of the Dead Cow and Microsoft's response, corporate mergers, Emmanuel goes to the wrong Las Vegas, report from Defcon, the San Diego 2600 meeting, Nu Image refuses to talk about the "Takedown" script, the latest script revision incorporates the "Free Kevin" movement, Emmanuel and the camera crew "visit" Kevin Mitnick across the street...
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Trouble with the theme, Bernie S. talks about Philadelphia's new federal prison, the majority of African Americans between 18 and 34 to be imprisoned within a few years if current trends continue, how federal cases have little to do with the truth, California teenagers accused of hacking the Pentagon are sentenced, a teenager is publicly accused of downloading child pornography, a new set of federal regulations require all ISPs to register with the government, a Y2K update from England, Agent...
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New Mexico passes a new indecency act, the latest from the Pentagon hackers, free PPP clarification, Swedish phone rates, tales of stupidity from high schools, Steal This Radio gets a visit from the FCC, Bernie S. tries to find a guest, Emmanuel has new problems with Sprint PCS as they expand and begins getting advertisements on his Omnipoint phone, how cellular service has changed over the years, info on AT&T PCS, Emmanuel's dream of the future of portable phones., New Mexico passes a new...
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A special new caller only program, a US West employee ties up computer processor time in the search for a new prime number, a controversy looms for the allocation of the .us top level domain, more hypocrisy from the New York Times, Emmanuel reads ignored letters to the Times and CNN, a possible way around new long distance company charges, the difference between long distance, in-state long distance, and regional calls, Emmanuel gets a whole lot of new useless phone features, battling beeper...
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Getting used to the new studios, an update on Turkish hackers, "Free Kevin" bumper stickers and virtual stickers appearing around the world, hacking reports from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, a new film based on the book "Takedown" is announced, report from Summercon, a 2600 reader is threatened by International Churches of Christ for expressing support of a hacked web page, PCS in the south, Emmanuel tries to help a caller with a weird fax problem., Getting used to the...
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Emmanuel demonstrates a special test mode on his Sprint PCS phone, a live demonstration of Net2Phone from IDT, Bernie S. offers insight into developments in the Mitnick case, theories as to why none of the evidence has been looked at with three months until the trial, comparisons to the Kenneth Starr prosecution, AT&T's new "Chat and Talk" service, Sprint's new "Short Calls Free" service, Bell Atlantic makes a DSL announcement, problems with the new $20 bill, phone...
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GSM is cracked, an interview with one of the people behind it: Marc Briceno of the Smartcard Developer Association. Omnipoint claims there is "no risk of fraud," a discussion of what will be involved in fixing this, allegations that the algorithm was cracked because it was kept secret as well as the possibility that the algorithm was deliberately weakened, the possibility that someone else may have done this before. Also: more high school harassment, cellular cloning., GSM is cracked,...
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Still more technical problems with the WBAI phone system, Emmanuel calls in from Alabama, Hurricane Bonnie headed straight for the "Takedown" set, the latest from the US West and SNET strikes, the silencing of microbroadcasting, a sobering reminder of life in prison for Kevin Mitnick, more news on Back Orifice., Still more technical problems with the WBAI phone system, Emmanuel calls in from Alabama, Hurricane Bonnie headed straight for the "Takedown" set, the latest from...
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More research is done on the "Takedown" script, a connection to the writer of "Hackers" is revealed, Fill joins the Skeet Ulrich Fan Club and the Miramax Cafe, Mojo raises questions on how far the truth can be stretched when dealing with public figures in films, the Kevin Poulsen article for ZDTV on the "Takedown" script, bad news in the world of microbroadcasting as Free Radio Berkeley is shut down and Radio Mutiny in Philadelphia is raided, New York loses another...
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An unusually political show focusing on the dramatic events of the day including the bombing of Iraq and the impeachment of President Clinton. Emmanuel discusses the importance of WBAI's unique coverage and shows how bias exists in all media outlets and how too many people accept what they are told without questions, how all of this relates to the world of hackers. Also: increased control of the Internet in Yugoslavia, anti-Mitnick sentiment, developments in Croatia, Rwanda, and Central...
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Bell Atlantic attempts to change the terms of an agreement, CyberPromotions settles a lawsuit, final details on the upcoming microbroadcasting convention, an interview with Kevin Mitnick's lawyer, Donald Randolph. Topics include the details of Monday's hearing where Mitnick was denied bail as well as the right to review the 9.75 gigabytes of evidence on a computer, the public reaction to the judge's actions, the problems of reviewing such a huge amount of evidence, ways the public can help.,...
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Election Day coverage from Pacifica delays the show for ten minutes. ABC posts fictitious election results on its web page a day before the election, Buffnet is raided by New York's Attorney General, Billsf visits from Amsterdam, Emmanuel visits a federal prison in the middle of Philadelphia, revisiting the Bernie S. case, Kerry gives an update on the Mitnick website and the latest in the case, an article on "hacktivism" appears in the New York Times, AT&T gives the time on long...
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A warning from the Coast Guard on telephone fraud, AOL raises its prices, a report on international encryption controls, Monica Lewinsky's email address, ACLU information, Emmanuel and Bernie S. have an adventure with a payphone in Philadelphia, an interview with Owen Davis who runs www.nynexsucks.com and www.bellatlanticsucks.com, timing the response of 411, Phiber's Omnipoint bill goes down, an update on US West implementation of ADSL, complaints about useless and annoying Bell Atlantic...
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First show in a month. Emmanuel announces a "new law" requiring WBAI to air commercials, Mitnick's bail hearing is denied, "Free Kevin" bumper stickers begin to appear, Emmanuel reports on his trip to the Dayton Hamvention, New Republic comes out with a fraudulent article on hackers, Signal Magazine accuses 2600 members of plotting with Japanese nationals to hack into sensitive computer systems, media reports of hacker threats in front of Congress, students are disciplined...
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The script to "Takedown" is obtained, Emmanuel changes his views on whether the film should be made at all, the entire character list is read, Fill, Porkchop, and Emmanuel read excerpts and discuss the implications of the extremely negative portrayal of Kevin Mitnick as well as the many facts that are left out and the glaring technical inaccuracies, what people can do to get involved, the Mitnick Defense Fund continues to grow, "Free Kevin" bumper stickers start showing up...
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Announcement for an upcoming microbroadcasters' convention, an experiment involving cell phones, interview with Paul Figueiredo who has challenged the Nabisco Corporation by registering oreos.com, word of a service offering free PPP, clarification of terms for Kevin Mitnick's eventual release, a defense of Bell Atlantic engineers, a caller accuses phone companies of fraud with relation to Caller ID., Announcement for an upcoming microbroadcasters' convention, an experiment involving cell...
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Agent Steal is apprehended, Kevin Poulsen tells the story of his capture, Micah confronts the Washington Post over false reporting in the Kevin Mitnick story, the myth of Mitnick being on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list is addressed, the judge in the case responds to Kerry's request for financial disclosure in a somewhat volatile way, the trial is postponed until April, another suggestion on how to say WWW, the need for students to be aware of their rights, Izaac brings in an MRE., Agent Steal...
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Daylight Savings Time causes confusion, Bernie S. reveals some interesting theories from Sprint representatives, Emmanuel uncovers a way to get billing information for any Sprint PCS customer, a report on what went on at the microbroadcasting convention in Philadelphia, the state of radio in the United States, word of a magazine devoted to microbroadcasting (Hobby Broadcasting), controversy over water companies gaining access to customer phone lines, instructions on visitor entry systems in...
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The New York Times website is hacked in the middle of one of the busiest news periods in history, Congress forces indecent material to be put on the net, media coverage of the hack and the connection to Kevin Mitnick, a hidden fact about the Kenneth Starr report, Simson Garfinkel comments on the implications of the New York Times incident as well as the technical means that allowed it to happen, the hidden message in the page source, Fox distorts the story in a really bad way., The New York...
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The new copyright law - music lovers may be safe but font lovers may not be, the uncertainty of the next edition of "Off The Hook," clarification of Radio Peace International, a review of the Cellularvision ISP, Phiber gets a new GSM phone and programs a unique ring, how to get even with the FCC's new 800 number policy by giving out their own 800 number, Emmanuel winds up in a voice mail dead end when trying to reach a new exchange, Nextel phones cause interference, Emmanuel and...
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The last show of 1998. Emmanuel, Izaac, Porkchop, and Bernie S. talk about the most memorable events of the year including a rundown of the "Free Kevin" movement and the making of "Takedown," website hacks, previews of Y2K, the microbroadcasting battle, corporate ownership, the Pentagon hackers, Wired reports on "hackers" in China being sentenced to death, the Guinness Book of World Records spreads more inaccuracies about Mitnick, the question of who Shimomura was...
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Emmanuel has temporary amnesia because of the long period of time between shows, the entire Clinton scandal came and went while the show was off the air, the drive to outlaw sales of used software, dispelling the rumors of a new FCC fee on data connections, a high school student is expelled for writing an article on hacking, the case of the allegedly gay person who was kicked out of the Navy because his information was given out by AOL, Bell Atlantic's ADSL plans, an update on cable modems,...
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Emmanuel solicits funds to cover a malfunctioning parking meter downstairs, new allegations are raised in the Mitnick case concerning an FBI informant having access to Kevin's former lawyer's office, Kevin Poulsen offers insight into the latest developments and background on the case, suggestions for Y2K preparedness, debate on whether copying software should be considered stealing.
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The WIPO bill is passed, EFF cracks DES, ourfirsttime.com is revealed to be a hoax and has their website hacked, the Suffolk County Police Department reveals its wariness of 2600, the demonstration against Miramax takes place and gets major media coverage, two more script revisions are released with some major changes but still a lot of problems, plans for the filming of a 2600 documentary are announced as Emmanuel and crew head out across the nation, Emmanuel's horrible airline experience,...
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Emmanuel calls in from Oklahoma and relates the many encounters with police that the film crew has had, Fill reports on an MSNBC chat with Kevin Mitnick's lawyer, the film crew visits an 18-wheeler preacher, the Computer Emergency Response Team, questions as to whether any damage at all was caused by Mitnick, a fourth revision of the "Takedown" script is released, a discussion of the real reasons why Mitnick became a fugitive, an encounter with Oral Roberts University, Porkchop tells...
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Lots of technical problems as Emmanuel calls in on his Sprint PCS phone from the Bay Area, the hacker relation to the Clinton scandal as defined by the media, the latest changes to the "Takedown" script include changing the name of The Well to The Ball, Shimomura is spotted on the "Takedown" set instructing Skeet Ulrich on how to portray Kevin Mitnick, the Vatican goes online, a report on the handing out of "Free Kevin" literature outside a famous Los Angeles...
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The move to the final new studio is completed, update on the "Takedown" film, looking for the number to Miramax, Fill gives an update on the www.kevinmitnick.com site, a look at a hacked website that got Mitnick news out, hacker insurance from ICSA, Tersian tells a horror story about Bell Atlantic and ISDN, Rebel calls from California., The move to the final new studio is completed, update on the "Takedown" film, looking for the number to Miramax, Fill gives an update on the...
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Employees are captured on cameras committing crimes in a bathroom, more annoying Bell Atlantic services, a listener has a mysterious encounter with a beeper number, 2600.com crashes because of a destructive backup, attorney Roger Slates discusses the status of the Kevin Mitnick case three years after his imprisonment, the frustration of having to deal with 200 million pages of evidence that the government won't allow Mitnick to look at, ways people can get involved., Employees are captured on...
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The Bell Atlantic play on the new 646 area code is played in its entirety, talk of trouble in the 978 area code, Emmanuel and Bernie S. try to solve some listener phone mysteries, talk of consumer pen registers, the Binary Brothers and VarTec Communications introduce the 1010811 carrier access code along with a whole lot of confusing terms, an appeal is made for an expert witness for Kevin Mitnick, the Israeli prime minister praises "The Analyzer," previews of I-CON and the...
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Omnipoint introduces Power On which appears to be a campaign of unsolicited junk mail on PCS phones, Emmanuel and friends have the cops called on them when they give away unlimited Metrocard fares in the subway, Emmanuel and friends are kicked out of a Miramax building when they show up with a camera, a request to interview Skeet Ulrich is turned down, a report from Friday's organizational meeting, a demonstration outside Miramax is planned for Thursday afternoon, "Free Kevin" buttons...
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Last show for the next few weeks, an MTV system is hacked, another pirate station is silenced, Kevin Mitnick's judge is revealed to not be as clueless as she appears, an FBI report on computer breaches is challenged by a privacy expert, an update on encryption from England, military computer systems and the nation's power grid said to be at great risk, a Canadian hacker is caught by NASA, Omnipoint reverses its lack of concern over last week's GSM crack and revises its algorithm, the Trenton...
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A brief look at Negativland's anti-Pepsi campaign, Emmanuel discovers the prevalence of Nike, Emmanuel goes to Amsterdam and reports on the prevalence of GSM and the image of Americans, the entire United States pager network goes down due to a satellite problem, Janet Reno comments on how confusing computers are, the backlash from the L0pht statement to Congress, new fees placed on phone bills, a change in the way Bell Atlantic handles refunds, Emmanuel sets the record straight on his...
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